Author Archives: achicotel

About achicotel

Anthony Chicotel is a staff attorney for CANHR. His areas of expertise include the rights of long-term care residents, nursing home litigation, health care decision-making, and conservatorships.

Unintended Consequences – How Government Policies Led to “The Little Red Pill.”

Last month’s story from CNN about mismarketing and inappropriate administration of Nuedexta (“the little red pill”) to nursing home residents is certainly not surprising to anyone who follows the systemic drugging of people with dementia.  When CMS launched its campaign … Continue reading

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Australian Study: Drugging Comes From Bad Nursing Home Culture

It’s been long understood that the most important determinant in whether a nursing home resident receives a psychotropic drug is not her diagnosis, her age, or her presentation of symptoms; rather, it is the facility’s psych drug usage rates.  In … Continue reading

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Paradise Ridge Buries Resident in Blizzard of Drugs

A nursing home survey from last year reveals the terrible story of a resident of Paradise Ridge Post Acute (formerly called Cypress Healthcare Center) in Paradise, CA.  The state survey team saw the resident in a deep sleep in the … Continue reading

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Antipsychotics Make Delirium Worse

Neurology Today has an article about antipsychotics exacerbating symptoms of delirium for patients receiving hospice care.  The article is centered on a recent study in which Haldol and Risperdal were found to increase delirium, distress, and other negative health outcomes when … Continue reading

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The Factors of Ugly Care

What factors are associated with high antipsychotic use in nursing homes? A recent study analyzed contributory factors by reviewing a number of prior studies.  Here is a list of some of the factors associated with higher antipsychotic usage: Smaller facilities … Continue reading

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New Study Finds Rampant Use of Psychotropic Drugs in Assisted Living

A study released earlier this year found alarming rates of psychotropic drug use in assisted living facilities, for residents with and without dementia.  Thirty-seven percent of the studied assisted living residents were drugged with antipsychotics, 40% with anti-anxiety drugs, and … Continue reading

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Itchy Rash? Here’s an Antipsychotic!

Intercommunity Healthcare, a nursing home in Norwalk, CA was cited recently for giving a 94 year old man Seroquel, a powerful antipsychotic associated with serious side effects and death in the elderly, for scratching and itching “behavior” related to a … Continue reading

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New Comfort Care Guide Released

CaringKind has released a new guide to non-drugging dementia treatment for long-term care providers.  The guide has excellent advice for how to set up a progressive and successful comfort focused model of care in long-term care settings, such as nursing … Continue reading

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Center for Medicare Advocacy Calls Overuse of Antipsychotics “Elder Abuse”

The Center for Medicare Advocacy (CMA) has issued an excellent alert decrying and analyzing the continued overuse of antipsychotics in nursing homes.  As of 2016, over 270,000 nursing home residents are still being drugged with antipsychotics, despite over ten years … Continue reading

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Canada Ready to Save Tons of Money by Reducing Antipsychotic Use

A recent study performed by RiskAnalytica and funded by the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement has found that reducing and discontinuing the use of antipsychotic drugs in long term care facilities could save Canada $6.7 billion in reduced healthcare costs … Continue reading

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